Havanese dogs well groomed helps them look nice and supports their overall health and wellness.
A Havanese dog is a long-haired breed of dog that requires a great deal of regular grooming. Owners of these dogs often break grooming tasks into monthly, weekly, and daily tasks. When grooming a havanese dog, it’s important to keep the fur clean and to make sure to brush all the dog’s fur from the skin to the tips frequently so that the hair does not mat and cause skin disorders. Owners should also tend to the dog’s nails and teeth regularly.
Caring tips for Havanese Dogs
Regular Vet Checks
A dog’s health is the most beautiful thing about him or her. Scheduling annual vet checks is an important component to helping your dog stay in tip top shape. Take time to find a good vet that you and your dog are comfortable working with. Ask fellow pet owners for recommendations. The Internet is another great resource to turn to for finding a good veterinarian.
One of the main considerations to bear in mind when you are trying to decide if a Havanese suits you or not, is whether you are up to the challenge of caring for their coat. The Havanese dog coat is one of the greatest appeals of the breed, being soft, fine, silky and very long, and lovely to stroke! They are a double-coated breed, but unlike most other double coated dogs, both layers of their fur is soft and fine, and slightly wavy. In some cases, the undercoat is incredibly sparse, or not even present at all.
Bathing Your Dog
Although dogs generally love to swim, not many of them are fond of taking a baths. However, regular baths are important to your dog’s health and appearance, particularly if he or she is a show dog. Bathing your dog once per week is usually adequate, though you can usually get away with a biweekly bath if your Havanese dog is not active or primarily an indoor pet. For show dogs, bathing them twice a week before a competition will make their coats nice and shiny. Havaneses dog tend to have dry hair, so you will want to use shampoos and conditioners with moisturizing properties. Prior to bathing your dog, brush out his or her coat to prevent matting. Make sure that you shampoo out all of the soap because any residue will irritate the skin and make the dog scratch. If you have highly mineralized water, mix about 1 tablespoon of condition in distilled water and use that to rinse your dog. Sink sprayers are a very convenient bath aid but be careful not to spray water in the dog’s face. If you don’t have a sink spray, pouring water over the dog using a pitcher or large plastic bottle will work just as well.
Cleaning Teeth In order to prevent plaque and bacterial infections, remember to clean your dog’s teeth twice or 3 times a week. You should use canine toothpaste. Get your dog used with cleaning his teeth from early puppyhood by massaging his gums with your fingers regularly. In time you can start using a toothbrush.
Drying Your Dog
There are two types of dryers will dry your dog after a bath a standing dryer or a hand dryer. A standing dryer is a lot more convenient to use because it allows you to keep the hands free to control the dog. Be sure you place the dryer on a stable surface that enables a lot of room for the dog. You may also use a hand dryer, however, you need to be somewhat adept at handling the dryer and also the dog at the same time. The main benefit to using hand dryers is they can be ported anywhere.